NTSB Identification: CHI86FA235.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33032.
Scheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 24, 1986 in GALESBURG, IL
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD SA-266TC, registration: N327BA
Injuries: 12 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ALL LANDING GEAR ON THE AIRCRAFT PREMATURELY RETRACTED DURING TAKOFF ROTATION. THE CAPTAIN ABORTED THE TAKEOFF AND THE AIRCRAFT SLID TO A STOP ON THE RUNWAY. SUBSEQUENT GEAR RETRACTION TESTS REVEALED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS WITHIN THE LANDING GEAR SYSTEM. SA-226 SERIES AIRCRAFT ARE PRONE TO INADVERTENT GEAR RETRACTIONS DUE TO THE LOCATION OF THE GEAR SELECTOR LEVER NEAR THE PILOT'S RIGHT KNEE. IT IS EASY TO ACCIDENTLY MOVE THE LEVER OUT OF THE 'DOWN' DETENT. IN THIS ACCIDENT THE CAPTAIN ABORTED THE TAKEOFF DURING ROTATION AT APPROX 113 KTS. V1 SPEED FOR THIS TAKEOFF WAS 108 KTS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

GEAR DOWN AND LOCKED..INADVERTENT DEACTIVATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE DESIGN..MANUFACTURER

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE CONTROL LOCATION..MANUFACTURER

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